From the ECAHC President

George Anderson was in the Arena. How about You?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt spoke the above words in a speech on Citizenship in 1910.

The Elkhorn City community lost one of its citizens on December 3, 2009.  One of the many words that defined George Anderson was citizenship.  George was perhaps the most community service orientated man I have ever known and it shown in his daily work and deeds.  George’s life is one that we all can and should learn the basic truths of citizenship.

George supported Elkhorn City in every way possible.  He served his church, the Elkhorn City Church of Christ in endlessly.  He served Elkhorn City as a leader in the Elkhorn City Volunteer Fire Department, as a business leader, and he served with his friends Bill Ramey and Rodney Ruth as the force behind the Elkhorn City Park Board.  He also, served the Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council in every project that we pursued. 

The bottom line was … if anything got done in Elkhorn City, George was a part of the project.

He had a knack for knowing what needed to be done on a daily basis to improve our City and our community.

George was engaged in the Community of Elkhorn City …he was in the Arena.    How about you!

Timothy D. Belcher, December 2009

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